Tuesday, March 17, 2020
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Port of Spain has been and will continue to closely monitor the situation in consultation with an interdisciplinary team which includes health care officials on COVID-19.
Effective immediately, all weddings, funerals and wakes should be limited to *25 or fewer participants with abridged versions of the liturgy in order to most effectively maintain the “social distancing” called for by government officials and health care experts.
Faith formation and other congregational gatherings are to be suspended during this time as well. Parishes can make arrangements for the continuing formation of children or the rest of the faithful through the available digital resources.
Clergy, however, are encouraged to remain attentive to the needs of those who are alone or sick, and to offer them spiritual solace (taking the necessary precautions). This can include taking the Eucharist to homes and celebrating the Sacrament of the Sick.
Clergy are also asked to remain available and show prudence and pastoral creativity in ministering to their parishioners.
All Catholics are strongly reminded to participate in Holy Mass on Trinity TV or Power 102 FM Radio @ 8.00 a.m. on Sundays.
The Archdiocese of Port of Spain will continue to keep all apprised of any further developments via facebook.com/catholictt or the Catholic News.
We keep all impacted by the virus in our prayers and urge the communities to continue looking out for each other during these times, especially the elderly and other vulnerable groups.
All are urged to be responsible and follow the guidelines as set out by Church and State.
† MOST REVEREND
CHARLES JASON GORDON
Archbishop of Port of Spain
** Following the media briefing Wednesday, this number had been adjusted to ten and under.